Future Trends in Access Technology for Disabled People

Carnegie Mellon University

New technology is changing the lives of disabled people across the world and Mada is pleased to announce the second chapter of its AT Seminar Series aimed at raising awareness around the impact of Assistive Technology.

Register for the event: http://mada-ehome.eventbrite.com/

The latest event addresses emerging trends in access and Assistive Technology for people with disabilities. Speakers will discuss new developments such as brain computer interfaces, cloud computing based solutions, and mobile technologies for the deaf community.

This event will contribute greatly to an increased understanding about next generation technology and how it can positively impact the quality of life for people with disabilities. The audience will include potential users, employers, IT professionals, and policy and decision makers. Mada encourages everyone to attend by registering as soon as possible

Speakers confirmed are:

Jutta Treviranus - the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor at OCAD University in Toronto http://inclusivedesign.ca , formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre. The IDRC conducts proactive research and development in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional centre of expertise on inclusive design. Jutta has led many international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion

Felip Miralles - the head of e-Health R&D at Barcelona Digital Technology Centre and Coordinator of BrainAble, a European collaborative research project working actively to conceive, research, design, implement and validate an ICT-based human computer interface composed of Brain Neural Computer Interface (BNCI) sensors combined with affective computing, virtual environments and Ambient Intelligence. BrainAble is aimed to help severely disabled people to overcome two main barriers they suffer, namely, physical and social exclusion.

Jose Angel Martinez Usero - Scientific Director of INREDIS, an initiative of the Spanish government to develop "INterfaces for RElations between Environment and people with DISabilities" and Director of International Projects and Relations at Technosite - ONCE Foundation.

Mohamed Jemni - a Professor at Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis (ESSTT), University of Tunis, Tunisia. He obtained the HDR (Habilitation to Supervise Research) in Computer Science from University of Versailles, France in 2004. He published more than 120 papers in international journals and conferences. His Research Projects Involvement are e-learning tools and environments, Adaptive/adaptable educational hypermedia and Accessibility of ICT to disabled users.